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NWI Capabilities On Display at World of Wipes® 2024

The Nonwovens Institute at World of Wipes 2024

The Nonwovens Institute (NWI) enjoyed a very productive World of Wipes® this week at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis. The event attracted more than 500 attendees from across the nonwovens value chain, providing an excellent opportunity for NWI to showcase its capabilities for wipes applications from novel raw material options for unique substrates to sustainability concepts and more.  

NWI presented its service offering for the nonwovens industry during the Tabletop Display and Networking sessions on Tue. June 18 and Wed. June 19, with Behnam Pourdeyhimi, Ph.D., executive director, and Matt Migliore, marketing director, engaging with WOW attendees, learning about their challenges and answering questions, while also showing some of the Institute’s new prototype materials for wipes and other nonwovens applications.

Key topics covered during WOW included the evolution of wipes technology, innovations in product design and manufacturing, plastic alternatives and sustainable designs, advances in formulations for wet wipes, and a review of the regulatory landscape for wipes technologies.

“WOW offers a platform for industry leaders to collaborate, share insights, and drive the future of wipes manufacturing and usage,” said Dr. Pourdeyhimi. “For those companies who are seeking to innovate in the wipes category, NWI can be an excellent resource with more than 100 years of combined experience in wipes product development and manufacturing housed at the Institute. We encourage companies with new product ideas and application challenges to reach out to us for more details on how we can help.”

NWI offers nonwovens-affiliated organizations opportunities to engage from fundamental research to training/workforce development to product development and incubation. NWI’s pillar service offerings include:

  • Knowledge Creation: The NWI consortium of industry, government and academia fosters an environment of collaboration around fundamental nonwovens research focused on current and future challenges and opportunities in nonwovens.
  • Workforce Development: NWI’s regularly scheduled and custom short courses cover a wide range of nonwovens topics, including those of significant relevance to wipes applications. 
  • Fabrication and Testing: NWI’s facilities include lab- and pilot-scale production and testing equipment covering the leading nonwoven platforms. This equipment, and our expert staff, is available to support your trials and testing needs.
  • Product Development and Problem Solving: NWI collaborates with companies at all stages of growth to embrace and advance exciting new discoveries and product concepts in areas relevant to nonwovens.
  • Product Incubation: Through its non-profit affiliate, LINC (Leaders in Innovation and Nonwovens Commercialization LLC), NWI has the capability to ramp up and commercialize wipes products, specializing in low-to-medium volume manufacturing.

Do you have questions about wipes applications and technology?

Based at the Centennial Campus of North Carolina State University, NWI is a consortium of stakeholders spanning the breadth of the nonwovens value chain. Operating on an “Open Innovation” platform and covering the full Technology Readiness Level (TRL) range, NWI engages industry, government and academia to enable next-generation nonwoven solutions to mission-critical challenges.

The World of Wipes® is organized by INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry.  INDA serves hundreds of member companies in the nonwovens / engineered fabrics industry doing business globally.